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About the LPRAC
By law, the commission is charged to:

1)      Focus its efforts on the following quality of life desired results for the Latino and Puerto Rican population of the state:

a)      That all members of the Latino and Puerto Rican population of the state are healthy;

 

b)      That all members of the Latino and Puerto Rican population are safe;

 

c)      That all members of the Latino and Puerto Rican population of the state achieve educational success;

 

d)     That all members of the Latino and Puerto Rican population of the state are economically self-sufficient; and

 

e)      That all members of the Latino and Puerto Rican population of the state are free from discrimination.

The commission shall meet regularly to review matters pertaining to the achievement of the desired results described in subparagraphs a) to e), inclusive, of this subdivision and, not later than January first, annually, shall submit a status report concerning such desired results to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of appropriations.  The commission shall develop:

i)        appropriate population-level indicators of the state's progress in achieving such desired results, and

 

ii)      strategies that are intended to improve progress on such indicators through a process that is inclusive of all relevant partners, including, but not limited to, state and local government agencies, the faith community, the business sector, nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups and philanthropic organizations;

2)      Make recommendations to the General Assembly and the Governor for new or enhanced policies, programs and services that will foster progress in achieving the desired results described in subdivision 1) of this subsection;

 

3)      Review and comment on any proposed state legislation or recommendations that may affect the Latino and Puerto Rican population of the state and provide copies of any such comments to members of the General Assembly;

 

4)      Advise the General Assembly and Governor concerning the coordination and administration of state programs that affect the Latino and Puerto Rican population of the state;

 

5)      Gather and maintain current information regarding the Latino and Puerto Rican population of the state that can be used to better understand the status, condition and contributions of such Latino and Puerto Rican population. Such information shall be included in the annual report described in subsection (d) of this section and shall be made available to legislators and other interested parties upon request;

6)      Maintain a liaison between the Latino and Puerto Rican population of the state and government agencies, including the General Assembly; and

 

7)      Conduct educational and outreach activities intended to raise awareness of critical issues for the Latino and Puerto Rican population of the state.

Source: Public Act 09-07 (i.e., HB No. 7007 as adopted 10/2/2009)

CT Stats

 Latino State Senators in Connecticut 2015 to 2017


 Latino State Representatives in Connecticut 2015 to 2017


Hispanic population in 2013:
527,163

Hispanic percentage of

statewide population in 2013:
14.7%

Hispanic percentage

of statewide population under age 18 in 2013:
22%

Median age of Hispanics in 2013:

28.1 years

Median earnings of Hispanics in 2013:
$22,242

Unemployment rate for Hispanics in 2013:

12.2%

Hispanic buying power in 2013 as share of state's buying power:
7%

Percent of eligible Hispanic residents who voted in 2012:

47%

Percent of Hispanic households that paid more than 30% of income for housing in 2014:
64%

Poverty rate for Hispanic children in 2013:

33%

Percent of Hispanics without health insurance in 2013:
20%

Infant mortality rate for Hispanics in 2011 (most recent available):

6 deaths per 1,000 live births.

Hispanic Unemployment Statistics 2008-2012

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Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission • 18-20 Trinity Street Hartford • Connecticut • 06106 Phone: (860) 240-8330 • Fax: (860) 240-0315